Crime

Government cracks down on drone operators

Mike Morris, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations outlines new fines for the illegal use of drones. — Submitted photo

The Government of British Columbia is working to stop the illegal and dangerous use of drones near wildfires with tough new rules and a public awareness campaign to keep British Columbians safe.

Mike Morris, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, outlined the four-point plan at a news conference recently in Prince George.

“Our message is simple. If your drone is in the sky above an active wildfire, you are grounding firefighting aircraft, putting lives at risk and may cause the fire to spread,” said Morris.

NPD report of Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes scam

NPD report of Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes scam

Nelson Police would like to remind the public of a scam making its rounds in the Heritage City.

NPD Sergeant Corey Hoy said in a media release a local resident had received a suspicious letter Wednesday (September 2) advising her that she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

"(The letter said) she would be responsible for paying the associated taxes and fees," Hoy said.

"The letter further detailed that the recipient keep the attached cheque and letter confidential."

Creston RCMP investigating homicide after remains of local woman found

Creston RCMP investigating homicide after remains of local woman found

RCMP in Creston have commenced a homicide investigation after remains of a missing local woman were found near Erickson last week.

RCMP said Tuesday in a media release forensic analysis of suspected human remains has confirmed them as being that of missing Creston resident Katherine McAdam.

Creston RCMP received a complaint on (Tuesday) Aug. 18 that the 58-year-old McAdam was missing from her Creston residence.

NPD report suspect nabbed after man robbed at gunpoint in Uphill area

Police and fire responded to a 9-1-1 call Monday afternoon at the Nelson Carwash on Nelson Avenue. — The Nelson Daily photo

A suspect is heading back to Nelson after being picked up in another community for a suspected robbing of a man at gunpoint in the Uphill region of the Heritage City Sunday night.

Police received a 9-1-1 call to dispatch at 11 p.m. (August 30) from a male reporting he had just been robbed at gunpoint.

The victim added the offenders were following him in a vehicle.

NPD officers quickly responded to the call and began the investigation.

Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary appeals to public after wheelchair goes missing

The wheelchair, estimated at $1200, has gone missing from KLH. — Submitted photo

Nelson Police and the Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary are appealing to the public for assistance in recovering the wheelchair that went missing from Kootenay Lake Hospital approximately two weeks ago.

Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary staff estimates the value of the wheelchair at $1200.

The report came into Nelson Police Saturday (August 29) that the newly acquired wheel chair was missing.

Two police chases last weekend result in arrests

Two police chases last weekend result in arrests

Castlegar RCMP can brag about two successful chases – one in vehicles and one on foot – last weekend that led to arrests and jail time, according to top cop Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“On Aug. 22 at approximately 4:30 p.m, Castlegar RCMP members were alerted to an erratic driving complaint involving a truck coming from the Grand Forks area,” she said. “The truck had been reported stolen out of Alberta. 

Hit-and-run call leads NPD to charging driver with careless driving

Hit-and-run call leads NPD to charging driver with careless driving

Nelson Police charged a man with careless driving after a vehicle was damaged in the 1000 Block of Front Street early Saturday morning.

The incident unfolded when NPD dispatch received a call of a hit-and-run on Front Street.

The person calling gave police a description of the vehicle that was later reported leaving Nelson, heading on Highway 3A towards Castlegar.

Police caught up to the vehicle, stopping the driver on Highway 3A west of Nelson without incident.

Alleged fire starter arrested; facing charges in Mackenzie

Alleged fire starter arrested; facing charges in Mackenzie

A man accused of starting two fires has been arrested and is facing charges, according to Mackenzie RCMP.

Theft ring likely at work in tri-city area; public asked to keep eyes peeled

Theft ring likely at work in tri-city area; public asked to keep eyes peeled

Police believe an organized group of criminals is likely targeting the area and driving the rash of recent property crimes, according to Trail RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

“We believe there is a larger picture, with a group or groups of individuals working together,” Orr said, in reference to a significant spike in property crimes such as theft from auto, theft of auto, theft of license plates and/or insurance tags, etc. “The hard part is, identifying incidents we believe are related to a specific group, as opposed to a one-off crime of opportunity.

“We need to gather intelligence to make those determinations, and the more help we get from the public, the better,” he said.

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